NBT MAT & AQL Preparation Online (English)

Learn online from some of South Africa’s top educators as you explore new methods and techniques at approaching and solving complex NBT style questions.

R2350 R1846

4.52/5 (385 ratings)

12 months access

Achieve your best NBT results

This NBT preparation Online course is the only NBT course that prepares learners for both the AQL test and the MAT test. It consists of videos where experienced, engaging educators walk learners through NBT example questions and best practices.

Alongside the teaching, videos are downloadable notes, NBT quizzes that enable you to see how you’re performing in each section, as well as a live chat platform that enables you to ask NBT mathematics questions directly to our educators. Learning online enables learners to work at their own pace. Pause and rewatch videos to make sure that you have time to process what you are learning.

Repeat our quizzes as many times as you like to ensure that you are able to work at the correct pace and with the right level of accuracy during one of the most stressful exams of your Matric year!


150+ Video Lessons
Downloadable lesson notes and worksheets
Teaching support
AQL preparation
400+ Example NBT questions to assess your understanding at the end of each module
Advantage Learn mock NBT exams
20+ Hours of video teaching split between AL, QL and MAT
MAT preparation

Course preview

Academic Literacy
Quantitative Literacy

Curriculum outline

AQL Preparation

Section 1 – Orientation
Familiarizing learners with our online learning platform and assisting them to set up a helpful study plan based on their context. The orientation section helps learners to start their preparation on the front foot.

Section 2 – Mock AQL test 1
Learners are encouraged to take one of our mock AQL tests upfront so as to identify early on where their knowledge gaps are and where they should focus their attention in the lessons that follow.

Section 3 – Academic Literacy modules
Our Academic Literacy lessons then take learners through the 8 Academic Literacy subdomains that are tested in the AQL test of the NBT’s. Learners are taught and reminded of fundamental theory and then given an opportunity to practise throughout the Academic Literacy modules.

Section 4 – Quantitative Literacy modules
Quantitative Literacy is an especially challenging section especially since learners are not allowed to use a calculator. Here we recap important arithmetic techniques that empower learners to succeed without a calculator. We make sure learners are well equipped to answer questions for the 7 subdomains that are tested in the Quantitative Literacy sections of the AQL test.

Section 5 – Mock NBT test
Once learners have worked through the learning modules, they are then encouraged to take the 2nd AQL mock test. We are confident that, if learners have applied themselves through the course, they will see a significant improvement in their test score.

Section 6 – AQL spot quiz tool
We then have a helpful spot quiz tool that learners can use to keep momentum in their preparation and keep their skills sharp. This tool dynamically serves a random subset of 5 questions from our database of hundreds of questions so that learners can keep practising either their Academic Literacy or Quantitative Literacy skills.

MAT Preparation

Section 1 – Orientation
Familiarizing learners with our online learning platform and assisting them to set up a helpful study plan based on their context. The orientation section helps learners to start their preparation on the front foot.

Section 2 – Mock MAT test 1
Learners are encouraged to take one of our mock MAT tests upfront so as to identify early on where their knowledge gaps are and where they should focus their attention in the lessons that follow.

Section 3 – Mathematics modules
The MAT test which tests Mathematics is a challenging assessment for learners due to the way in which questions are asked. Its difficulty is compounded by the fact that learners are not allowed to use their calculators. In the MAT learning modules, we go through the 12 sub-domains that are tested in the MAT test of the NBTs. We take an applied approach and are careful to show learners techniques on how to solve problems without their calculator.

Section 4 – Mock MAT test 2
Once learners have worked through the learning modules, they are then encouraged to take the 2nd MAT mock test. We are confident that, if learners have applied themselves through the course, they will see a significant improvement in their test score.

Section 5 – MAT spot quiz tool
We then have a helpful spot quiz tool that learners can use to keep momentum in their preparation and keep their skills sharp. This tool dynamically serves a random subset of 5 questions from our database of hundreds of questions so that learners can keep practising their MAT skills.

Taught and designed by subject matter experts

The first NBT course was designed by Trish Pike in 2013, making Advantage Learn the first to provide NBT preparation courses in South Africa. Since then Trish continues to teach and develop our NBT preparation courses with a particular focus on Quantitative Literacy and Mathematics as our subject matter expert in these domains.

Trish Pike HDE (PG)

Degree Major: Mathematics
Institution: University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Graduated: 1977

Teaching experience

  • 2013-current AdvantageLearn NBT, AP Maths and
    Maths workshops teacher.
  • Previously HOD Mathematics Kearsney College.
  • Previously HOD Mathematics Thomas More College.
  • AP Maths teacher since 1996.
  • Core Maths teacher since 1978.

In 2017, Nicky Nightingale joined the team as our esteemed subject matter expert in the Academic Literacy section of our NBT preparation courses.


It was really a fantastic course that prepared me so well for the NBTs. I highly doubt I would’ve done as well I did if I had not had the preparation of this course. Personally I think I would have managed with just the MAT course, which was in and of itself brilliant for even my matric maths. Thank you advantage learn!

- samlister45 -

From the training itself to all the notes and additional resources online I could not have been more well prepared to write my NBTS.

- kmarkoulides -

Great content explained very well and a great way to prepare for NBTs.

- miteshsa101 -

advantage learn, NBT preparation package is helpful as it is helping me understand many concepts of MATH and again i get to develop new skills on how to tackle problems when doing my MATH homework's and again during the examinations in both mathematics papers and with lessons provided for the AQL, I get to develop a better understating of other English vocabularies. it is very useful I recommend it to every person who needs help with NBT preparations .

- ritshidzephunyugu -

Thanks to Advantage Learn for their well designed NBT preparation workshops. It provided my daughter with the foundation to excel at the examination.

- Tracy Anandham -

It was something completely new to me as I’d never done the CAPS/IEB curriculum, and the sessions helped out so much. The extra tests and videos are also super helpful

- nicola.caldas -

It was a good course and it Helped me get 80 for my NBT test.

- hanzi28012004786 -

Best course to use for preparations for NBTs! The tricks and methods thought in both MAT and AQL were extremely helpful when writing the exam. The questions were very similar to what you would expect. Thank you!

- Jesutofunmi Ifeoluwa Adewumi -

The videos were extremely helpful and made so much sense. The content of the videos mimicked that in the NBT and as a result I got 78% in my Math NBT. The teachers answer quickly and I’m so grateful to advantage learn for all the help.

- matanhirefadzai -

This course is EVERYTHING you need to ace you NBT's. Trish teaches not only content for the NBT's but a way of thinking that you can carry through to your final matric examinations. This course was a delight to take part in and made a massive difference in my understanding of mathematics.

- Gabriel Broderick Poulsen -

Absolutely incredible workshop! It was unbelievably helpful. I wouldn’t have been able to cope with the NBTs without it. Thank you so much!

- 22broery -

I’m 25, applying to go back to varsity and was required to write my NBTs. This course was so useful for someone like me who has been out of school and away from school maths for 7 years. Thanks so much!

- Nicole Haird -

The only thing I would ask for is some extra questions to work through but overall, a fantastic course.

- Isabelle Vermeulen -

I absolutely love it! It has helped me so much - even more than a any teacher I have ever had. I wrote my NBTs this past weekend and I can say with confidence that it went very well. So thank you Advantage Learn keep doing what you are doing and please don't change.

- Rachel Danilov -

Really enjoyed the course. It helped me a lot not only with NBT’s but for matric as well. Would really appreciate if there was an option to just practice hard questions specifically(especially for mathematics). There is a spot quiz tool which does do that to an extent which I found helpful. The questions given were spot on and even found some of the exact same questions in the MAT NBT.

- Jonathan Morrison -

I received a 90% on my AQL and Mat NBT, my only preparation material was the Advantage Learn course. I would definitely recommend this course. -Farida Cajee

- Farida Cajee -

Very helpful and organized. Amazing with notifying and keeping updated.

- Robyn Dunwoody -

It really helped me with writing the NBT. I used many of the tips and tricks that I was taught.

- Erin De Atouguia -

The lessons and past papers we're very helpful

- Lerato Mudau -

It was very helpful, and left me feeling well prepared for the NBTs

- Sarah Harding -

Incredibly helpful course, not only for NBTs but for all assessments. Highly recommended!

- Joseph Jonah John -

Would really not recommend. Was not online user friendly and didn’t deliver what was promised.

- Leor Novick -

Would definitely recommend these courses when prepping for your NBTs. The work is explained clearly and it is very easy to understand what you would need to do during the test.

- Khilona Piyarlall -

I found the course extremely helpful and it proved to be beneficial for the NBT's

- Kiarin Naidoo -

If you are unsure of how to prepare for your nbt's (like most students) this is great option.

- Constance Jonkers -

I was a bit skeptical about paying so much for a course but it was one of the best choices I made, I had one of the best results amongst my peers, I would definitely recommend this course to anyone writing the NBT’s


Such great help with the preparation course covering all relevant topics and the website tests for preparation. The spot tests assisted me in finding my areas of weakness. Trish is a fantastic teacher that is always willing to help when you need assistance, and her experience is valued. I would have never been able to do as well as I did without it!

- Noah Ditz -

From an educator's perspective I found it to be excellent It would challenge the learners and prepare them well for the NBT examination

- Marie Sturgess -

it was really helpful

- Nikita Krost -

It's really been so helpful! I've found it's helped me so much especially with how much detail is given and effort is put into each section, question and correction.

- Kelly Corbett -

Advantage Learn has really helped me with my confidence with regards to math and Afrikaans. Thank you for the endless amount of effort you have put in to help us better our education and future.

- Genevieve Poupard -

Best preparation ever.

- Nkwanyana Vukile -

It was helpful and informative

- Mseleku Pamela -

Everything is good but The question should more strong and hard to be prepared to the NBT exam


Thank you so much, this course was extremely helpful. I left high school a while ago and this was a great revision for my NBTs. I would recommend this to anyone who is serious about getting that good score to qualify for your degree and getting accepted into University.

- Sisipho Lufele -

It is a wonderful course, it improved my NBT results dramatically. It also helped me with my maths exam preparation. Thank you so much!

- Alejandra Kapuire -

The online preparation is very enriching and helpful. It is of great benefit for anyone preparing to write NBT. I've been recommending it to other students. A summary that awakens the spirit.

- Esther Maris -

Would highly recommend this NBT course. The video explanations are a great help and many of the Math questions were very similar to the actual NBT. Do make sure that you give yourself sufficient time to work through the course.

- Keshin Bheema -

Absolutely a lifesaving course!

- Waheed Amanjee -

I thoroughly enjoyed this application as it prepared me for the NBT setting with relevant information and time constraints, however i was slightly irritated by the fact that i couldn't reset mock tests once i had completed them. I suggest the option for individuals to reset mock tests on certain topics once completed. Otherwise this is an amazing service and i would strongly recommend it to anyone preparing for the NBTs.

- signe jwan -

Great course, very helpful and easy to understand, thank you so much.

- Aerin Martin -

Guys please try the course its so worth I know the fee is a bit steep but trust me its all worth it. Most importantly trust them because they know what they're doing.

- Lindokle Mbaleki -

Really helped me do well, especially in the AL section

- Jordyn Nitch -

Child informs me it is great - will see what eventuates. thanks.

- Melanie Jenkins -

This online preparation course is not only helpful for the NBTs themselves. It might as well prepare you for a possible unseen (higher order) question in the matric preparatory or final exam since it goes beyond what is normally assessed in the NSC.

- Mosa Mabula -

I encourage all students to take this online course.As a university student myself,it saved me a lot of preparation time and my NBT results improved dramatically.

- Franke Van Rensburg -

a very helpful course, but the one thing I found frustrating is that there are no lessons on logarithms.

- amber Hamilton -

Trish Pike's videos are amazing. I've never been more interested in maths as I was watching her videos! THANKS!

- Lycia Hollis -

The course really prepared me well for the MAT but the AQL was more difficult than I expected

- Iman Cassim -

It was excellent it helped me a lot, covered things I was not aware of before

- Kashmika Reddy -

Very useful and accurate course that really helped me, achieved 96% in MAT section. Will definitely recommend. The courses are displayed and ordered well and easy to use. The actual NBTs were also slightly easier than the mock ones

- Muhammad Amod Carim -

Definitely recommend this course.

- Kerry Delport -

This course provided a good base and preparation for the actual exam

- Vicky Krengel -

I am grateful for this programme as I am more prepared for the test. It gets tricky in the beginning, but you gradually get the hang of it .

- Dorothee Mubembe -

Happy with the help it gave my daughter

- Aman Khan -

Great learning tools and excellent prep for NBT

- Elmarie Potgieter -

It's really useful and has really helped me a lot, specifically the maths explanations. The videos explaining each question is a great help.

- Imaan Atia -

Great course for nbt preparation, good subject coverage , problem solving tips and application of knowledge. It also allows one to work at their own pace . Highly recommend it.

- Declan Scheepers -

It’s a good course, but some of the lectures are as confused as I am. They don’t seem to know what they are do.

- Greeff Tayla -

Wow learning has never been made that easy, Mam Pike. I am actually a university graduate student but since I was a learner and now student, Ive never experienced such detailed level of explanation within short bits and pieces of information.

- Kenneth Nkele -

The course helped me to prepare a lot for my NBTs. I felt very confident during my exam.

- Mariam Essack -

Your course is the only reason I will pass the MAT part of the NBTs. A few of the questions in the course were actually in my NBT test. Thank you very much for developing this course.

- Joshua Basson -

It was great! Really made concepts much easier and the way the material is presented is so easy to navigate

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Really nice

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Useful course for any learner that is going to write the NBT's

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Advantage learn prepared me well for my NBTs

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Helpful and well set out

- Ayyaan Bhimma -

I would have found the information more useful if it was divided into revision of basic concepts and actual content of the test.

- Maria Seitz -

Lessons were very well taught with easy understanding concepts and good examples used.

- Ethan Gillwald -

Great coarse , as well as preparing me it also made me feel more confident for the test.

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- Mogie Govender -

My son felt that the NBT prep was valuable and almost "over" prepared him for the exams. He felt very confident from all the practise.

- Wendy Young -

Incredible. Even though i am kind of a slacker without this course i would not have done any good in the real NBTs.

- Heinrich Engelbrecht -

I have a really unique situation basically being from another country as far as school is concerned. I would have liked a more in depth explanation in the math section, but it was a great overall experience and i felt like all the bases were covered with this program. Double thumbs up!!

- Hannes Barnard -

it was a great help i didnt use the AQL prep as much as the maths prep but what i did use really helped me. having the past papers and having them set out the way it is tested really prepared me for my time management and i was able to complete the paper in time.

- Linda Ferraz -

This course is so amazing. It helped me prepare for the NBTs and I would definitely recommend this app to anyone who is about to write the NBT

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Quite a good course, i recommend the course for anyone who really wants to get good marks for their NBT.

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Advantage learn is professional,efficient and always puts the learners interest first. A great online programme you can work with at your own pace.

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This course is exactly what I was looking for. I had done a previous course which did not prepare me for the NBT's at all, but after only 14% into this course, I already feel much more confident.

- Yolandie Kotze -

Wonderful user friendly and very easy to use and highly informative lessons and good thorough explanations.

- Rachel Davies -

An extremely helpful course! NBT MAT was a breeze because of your help! I would advise the course to contain some financial mathematics though, as they ask simple problems from it... But ultimately very helpful and definitely worth every penny!

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The NBT preparation Course is wonderful for all kinds of revision. I loved the fact that I could do a test over and over and improve myself on all the faults. Perfect for preparing you for the test!

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Both the online courses are extremely helpful in preparing for NBTs

- Mikayla Seedat -

It was really helpful

- Ermine Kasongo -

Thanks for the help Advantage Learn

- Johnathon Campbell -

The NBT preparation course is really, really great! Examples are clear and a perfect reminder for a person that matriculated 17 years ago. I made the right decision!

- Nthabiseng Thekiso -

Thank you for trying to make me excel through simple methods

- Mukhethwa -

I found that the videos were the biggest help ! It’s very convenient that you can also print out the notes that the video is based on. More than enough learning material is given for both the English and Maths.

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Advantage learn is really helpful thus far and ive learned a lot

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The most professional, helpful and super friendly service I have ever received. Thank you

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Great course, I highly recommend it, I studied it and did well on my NBT

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So far the course is very helpful. I would recommend it to anyone preparing to write their NBTs.

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I improved my NBT score by more than 25% after doing this course! Highly recommend!

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All my friends who took the NBTs failed. Not me. The difference? I had Advantage Learn on my side! Seriously the NBTs were tough and I'm really glad I got help. Honestly when I wrote the NBTs it practically felt like I was cheating, because I recognized concepts in the paper literally designed to throw me off, then quickly and efficiently answered their related questions. Thank you so much Advantage Learn! I'd recommend this to anyone writing the NBTs, especially those who finished school with the Cambridge curriculum.

- Sky -

Trish, who I'm pretty sure is the mathematics teacher, is really the bomb. She is querky (in the good way) and genuine. Although I cannot remember the English teacher's name, she offered no less in terms of expertise. I got this vibe from her that she'd be one of those 'strict' teachers, but I'm sure she is rather nice *insert laughing face*. Lastly, the actual course as a whole was fantastic. I just wish I had prepared more.

- Avi Opert -

Bloody amazing, I am normally an A candidate in school but this course let me get unimaginable marks! I got 84 for AL , 98 for QL , and 98 for Math in the NBT I advise taking this course to anyone

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Very informative...thorough and of the highest quality...You guys couldn't have done it better

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Courses and lessons very well done and put together.

- Raphael Anthony -

I was blown away by Advantage Learn!!! Excellent service from booking the course to dealing with Mike at IT support and by daughter was very impressed with Trish and found the course very beneficial. Highly recommended.

- Hayley Craig -

Very helpful!

- Taron van der Berg -

This helped me an enormous amount and set me up to get an A for my NBT’s. Money well spent

- Cameron Lovemore -

Helped so much, was so prepared for the tests

- Tayla Howard -

The NBT package is amazing. The sample questions and explanation videos make the test so much easier. Thank you Advantage Learn

- Mariam Moosa -

Super helpful!! I used so many of the tips in my NBT! This course was definitely worth it!

- Deborah Odendaal -

I gained so much information from this course that realy helped me with my NBT's and would recomend it for anyone else.

- Jané Eksteen -

Brilliant. Incredible helpful and valuable. Really reduced my nerves and stress levels! Totally recommend it!

- Lindsey Bath -

I have not written the test yet but the information and the knowledge I have already has made a huge difference and also the confidence I have towards the test is really amazing, I don't want to count the chickens before they hatch let us wait for the test date before I praise you fully.

- Sinemihlali Ntshibongo -

It was very helpful and will definitely recommend it

- Nina Rossouw -

It was a great course, and adequately equipped me for my NBTs. I would definitely recommend it to future scholars planning on writing NBTs, especially if the NBTs play a large role in your acceptance to South African Universities.

- Hellmut von Ludwiger -

It really helped..

- theoline mabelane -

The exercises are extremely helpful.

- Kabuba Masule -

The course is Amazing⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I am already feeling confident about my NBT

- Owami Ntuli -

Really useful and helpful I think kids who want to write the nbt should definitely purchase this online course

- Raihaan essa -

It's a great course. Very thorough. The only thing that's missing is from the maths section: logarithms and other matric work taught later in the year. The support team is also really helpful.

- Amy Viljoen -

I'd like a couple more practice tests per section but otherwise it's incredibly helpful

- Bronwyn Morphet -

I love the questions. They're really great and easy to understand. Thanks for making this program available to me. The reason why I gave only 4 stars was because the questions were not enough. Please try to increase the questions. Thanks.

- Moses Cho -

Thank you so much Trish! It has been so helpful and a pleasure to use!

- Jenna Thompson -

enjoying IT

- Khalid Karani -

This course is not only helping me with studying for the NBTs, but teaching me a whole lot of new vocabulary and interesting facts.

- Jenna Smith -

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